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January 28, 2012

the remarkable story of Leslie Schwartz who survived Auschwitz and Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:48 am

I have blogged twice in the past about the remarkable story of Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz here and here. A reader of my blog, Marc Bonagura, who has his own blog Talking Weeds made a comment on my blog and provided a link to his blog. This blog post on Talking Weeds is also about Leslie Schwartz.

I have done some research on the Internet about the story of Leslie Schwartz, who is a cousin of Tony Curtis, and here are the highlights of his remarkable story:

Leslie Schwartz was born in 1930 in a small village in Hungary that had a population which was one third Jewish, mostly Hasidic or Orthodox Jews.  In 1943, when the Germans came into Hungary, the Jews were deprived of their Hungarian citizenship; at the age of 13,  Leslie was sent, along with the rest of his family, to the Ukraine.  In 1944, they were brought back and sent to a ghetto in Hungary, from which they were transported in May 1944 to Auschwitz in cattle cars.

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944

According to Schwartz’s own account, when he arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 14, he was sent to the children’s barrack where there were “kids” under the age of 15 who were waiting to be killed in the “crematoriums.”  All of these “kids”  were killed, according to Schwartz, but he survived because, after 10 days in the children’s camp, he asked his friend Sandor Grosz to allow him to sneak into the adult barracks. This saved his life because he was able to join the adults on a transport train out of Auschwitz.  Schwartz says that Sandor is the reason that he is living today.  (more…)

March 3, 2011

Christof Ludwig Knoll — the Kapo who took an interest in a prisoner at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:59 am

A big “Thank you” to the reader who made a comment on my previous blog post about Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz whose memoirs will be out in English soon, with a possible documentary to follow.

This is the comment from Marc:

Christof Ludwig Knoll was the capo who took an interest in Leslie. Knoll was executed in the war crimes trials after the war. No prisoner would have said anything good about him. He was incredibly brutal and a sadistic killer.

Leslie’s book is currently available only in German and I have not read it, so I could only guess the name of the man who took an interest in Leslie when he was a teenager in one of the Dachau sub-camps.  Now that I know that the man’s name was Christof Ludwig Knoll and that he was a capo or Kapo at Dachau, I can provide more information about his conviction and execution as a war criminal.   (more…)

February 16, 2011

New book and possible documentary film could clear up a lot of questions about the Holocaust

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:36 am

A book written in German by Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz is due to be translated into English this year and already plans for a documentary about Schwartz’s life are under way, according to a news article which you can read here.  The working title of the film is Lazarus, Schwartz’s camp nickname, referring to his ability to cheat death like the biblical character.   (more…)